Week 8 Game Thread: Washington Redskins

Wouldn’t mind the defense pretending this is 2008. But not 1934.

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  • calig23

    These uniforms are ridiculous.

    • Sarah

      OMG those unis. Think I’m gonna hurl.

  • calig23

    That was a good opening drive. I like the aggression going for it on 4th and goal.

  • calig23

    Good start for the defense, too. It’ll be interesting to see how well RGIII plays if the Steelers can get the Redskins in a hole.

    • Canadian Steeler

      Love the penetration by Big Snack on 3rd and short. It’s a good way to stop the zone running game, which we’ve had serious trouble with. Great adjustment by the defense.

  • calig23

    The defense looked much worse on this drive. They actually gave up a touchdown 3 times- but the Redskins’ receivers dropped passes on the first two.

    Now the Steelers block the extrapoint, so that’s something at least.

  • calig23

    I can’t remember ever seeing an encroachment penalty by a defensive back before.

  • Sarah

    Heeeaathhhh!

  • calig23

    Speaking of unusual calls, how about OPI on the quarterback?

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    So far, we’re only seeing “good” Ben. I’m also impressed with RGIII. Dwyer has been running well and Haley has been creative, too.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    8-yard punt?

  • Steve

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a 12 yard punt, too. I suspect this game has more weirdness in store for us.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    I think we’ve found something good in Dwyer. The diversity of the RBs, once they are healthy, should be fun to watch.

  • calig23

    It’s a lot more fun when the other team’s guys have the dropsies.

    • calig23

      And when the other team’s special teams commit penalties.

  • calig23

    Not a great two minute offense there. And did the umpire get hit in the head with that pass? That’s got to hurt.

  • Sarah

    I’m very happy with this half time lead. No complaints. As Strathan mentioned, how NICE to see the other guys have Dropsies…yes?

  • Sarah

    Whoops! And our own Calig mentioned also! Nice!

  • Sarah

    Please not Ryan Clark …oy.

  • calig23

    Dwyer is looking pretty good today.

  • calig23

    Sign… Another punt return wiped out by a penalty…

  • Sarah

    OMG catch it Sanders!!! Could we give the whole team a Dropsies Vaccination????

  • calig23

    That was a good win. Both the offense and defense played pretty well, although the offense did go quiet in the second half and the Redskins dropped a ton of passes to help out the defense.

  • Sarah

    Agreed. Still, I will take it.

  • David

    Every now and then, you get a game where you can do little wrong, the other team can do little right, and all the bounces go your way.

    This was that type of game. We won with strange help from the football gods.

    But, we showed lots of improvement on O. I’m still not sold on the D.
    Just compare QB jerseys, and see how dirty, muddy, grassy RGIII’s was.

    BTW, I still wasn’t sold on RGIII until now. He is the real deal. Explosive, accurate, makes plays out of nothing. Kordell, Newton, Cunningham, Moon he is not. He is/can be better that all.

    • Canadian Steeler

      Definitely agree on RGIII. I was scared on virtually every Redskins offensive snap, but I think that was more to do with Griffin than our defensive performance or abilities. I honestly wasn’t completely comfortable until we stopped them on 4th down.

      You could see our goal was to keep him contained inside the pocket, and I thought we did a great job of that, but even though we did, he still threw darts downfield. We got lucky with some drops, but we also had some decent pass breakups. That was a pretty typical LeBeau performance though – if the Redskins were going to score, they were going to have to kill a lot of clock doing it. IMO, weaknesses in the defense today had more to do with RGIII’s freakish ability. If it was so easy to stop perfect throws, the Packers would be pretty average. But it’s not, and they’re not.

      Also, Wallace had a nice bounce-back game to shut me up. Hopefully he’s back to having consistent hands.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      I can see comparing Kordell, Newton and Cunningham, as they are all QBs who can / could run. But I don’t really see how this group should be compared with Moon. He was a pocket passer and one of the most prolific in history. And I really like RGIII and think he has extremely high upside, but he has a looong way to having a career that compares with Moon (or even Kordell or Cunningham, really).

      After writing this, I looked up Moon’s bio. In addition to being a Hall of Famer and 9-time Pro Bowler, he won 5 straight Grey Cups in the CFL before joining the NFL. He was one of the best ever: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=256

      • David

        Good point, Easy. And it’s kind of silly comparing him to other African-American QB’s only (i.e., Tarkenton was a running QB also).
        So, I stand corrected in my comparisons. But again, he’s the real deal and has the potential to be a great, great QB for years. He just needs to know when to slide and avoid hits as a receiver.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Maybe the bubblebee unis created a vision-distortion field, leading to so many drops by both teams.

    • David

      And in black and white with projector film. (Fox did a hilarious take in B/W at the end)

  • Cols714

    Complaining about the WR drops seems silly. It was pouring rain the entire time. Both teams dropped some passes but it must have been hard to hold on in that rain.

    I like the Haley offense, but man do I miss the big plays of old.

  • David

    Good Lord, Clark has a possible concussion (obviously), but now it’s being reported that Woodley strained his right hammy?

  • Sarah

    …and Dwyer pulled a quad, Oy.

  • Rob D

    It’s nice to have a running game. VERY..

  • Cols714

    It seems to me that Dwyer has made Baron Batch expendable. Mendenhall is still the better back, but Dwyer should be the 2nd RB going forward. Redman I still like in short yardage situations and is still a good back, but there isn’t any real reason to keep both Redman and Batch around. They should pick one.

    The OL has looked pretty good lately. I do wish they would throw downfield more, but maybe they are just taking what is there.

    The defense has looked much much better. Will Allen, Lawrence Timmons, and Keenan Lewis have exceptional lately. Maybe the big mistake earlier in the year was starting Mundy over Allen. Allen has looked so good I’m surprised that Mundy was even considered a starter.

    • Eric

      I doubt that any of the running backs are expendable. Firstly because none of them seem to be able to stay healthy for very long. Secondly because this is almost certainly Mendenhall’s last year with the Steelers salary cap situation. They need to figure out what they have at running back going forward.

      • Cols714

        Salary cap situation? How many years do we have to hear about the Steelers’ dire salary cap situation before we realize that the Steelers simply do not lose players that they want to keep? If they want to keep Mendenhall they will keep him.

        But yeah, on the injury front you are right. Maybe cutting RBs is not smart considering the health situation.

        • MRav

          That’s true to a point. Obviously the organization would like to retain the services of Mendy, but only at a certain price. We’ve seen a good number of Steeler free agents overpaid by other teams over the years. A few of those players were fan favorites and definitely “wanted” by the organization, but not above a certain price. The front office does a great job of managing the cap, but to infer that the cap has no bearing on who is retained isn’t necessarily true. I think we’ll see that come through more clearly at this year’s end than we have in the past, particularly when it comes to Deebo, Troy, Mendy, and MW.

          • Cols714

            No one is saying that the cap doesn’t matter. What I’m saying is that if the Steelers deem Colon or Mendenhall as someone they want to keep, then they will keep them. If they deem them expendable then they will either let them go or see if they get offers before signing them.

            Every damn year steelers fans worry about the cap and talk about blowing it all up and rebuilding and every damn year the Steelers return the players they want and contend for the Super Bowl.

          • MRav

            I agree with you, but I just don’t see it as simple as whom they deem valuable. They are all valuable to a point, and more importantly a price. For example, Mike Wallace isn’t worth 10m/yr to our FO, but I’d be willing to bet that the raiders would pay him 12m/yr.

    • Rob D

      You might be right about Batch. But right now I am enjoying the plethora of riches we have at that position. Each guy seems to bring a unique quality to his carries. We know what Mendy can do obviously. but Dwyer brings that “one cut and then run through arm tackles and leave bruises in my wake”. Batch has the quickness that can dart through narrow openings and he has good catching abilities. Redman is another bruiser with some wiggle and a fierce desire to fall forward.
      If it came down to it. I might be tempted to keep Dwyer over Redman instead of Batch. Dwyer is showing the feet of a superior running back and he seems to suss out the holes quickly and doesn’t waste any time running through them like Mendy sometimes does. But I’d still like Mendy as our No. 1 , especially if the line keeps improving..Imagine if they hadn’t lose DeCastro?

      It’s amazing how much better this line is playing in front of all the backs. Perhaps playin the same people together and maybe all the criticism has galvanized them. Whatever it is, they have a huge test next week which should tell us just where they are at in terms of being in the mix in the division and the AFC.

      • Cols714

        For sure Mendenhall is still the #1. He’s really good and showed it in his one game back so far. The saying that the backup QB is the most popular person in a city is wrong for PIttsburgh. It’s the backup RB that’s the most popular.

        Dwyer though has earned more carries.

    • Rob D

      Great point on Will Allen, Cols….I like the fact that this team seems to identify problem areas much quicker.

      If we can just stay healthy for the most part, we could make some serious noise.

      PS
      Is it just me, or is Ben finally getting the props he has long deserved as one of the elite QB’s? This week alone I’ve heard the following ” BEst 3rd down QB in the league and it’s not even close” “NOBODY does that scramble thing better. He will make you a fool” “Accuracy on the run combined with toughness beyond the call of duty”
      MOstly gleaned from broadcasts and network sites..not blogs or comments sections. WE’ve known it since he came to our team, but word is starting to get out that he’s great. Whoopee…late to the party much? hee hee

  • David

    Anyone else agree that we should dress Alameda for the NYG game b/c he’ll be PO’ed about his situation and try to take it out on Eli?

    Nah, just a thought.